It has come to that time in my pregnancy when we are discussing baby names. As we did with Aiden, I wrote a list of names (mostly English names) that I like, and then passed it to Yoshi who is thinking about how they will sound in Japanese (along with the Japanese characters that we could use). It is a hard process, especially with girls names it seems!
Anyway, in my searches I came across the top boy and girl Japanese names for 2016 here...
The top boy names are... Haruto Souta Yuuto Haruki Sousuke Riku Yuma Yuito Aoi Takumi And the girls... Hana Sakura Yui Rio Akari Aoi Koharu Honoka Ichika Sana Nothing too surprising there, but interesting that one name appears on both lists... Aoi. *It seems that there are lots of different `popular names` lists out there, and I have already seen 4-5 with completely different names haha! Anyway it seems that the words for flora and fauna do seem popular (Hana = flower, Sakura = cherry blossom etc.)!
This time around I felt like I started showing much sooner, or perhaps because I was starting to show in summer (when clothes are a bit more revealing), I began to wear proper `maternity clothes` sooner too.
I stocked up on the basics (a pair of maternity jeans, and 3-4 short sleeved maternity t-shirts) at H and M which has a maternity section in their Shinsaibashi store, as well as a good selection online (here).
I also kept wearing my maxi skirts, so didn`t have to buy much more until the cooler weather hit! In Autumn, I bought a couple of long sleeved tops and some maternity tights/leggings on sale at H and M, some supportive maternity underwear from Wacoal and Nishimatsuya, and a cute long sleeved sweatshirt on Etsy (here).
I`ve been wearing my long cardigans (coat-igans?) from last season too, which look great with the bump!
Some other places to buy maternity clothes in Osaka (and perhaps in other parts of Japan are listed below), happy shopping! Here goes...